The Pullman Push

I have some very vivid scenes in my mind from driving back and forth to Pullman for various jobs.  I remember when four of us were driving to Pullman before dawn.  When the sun came up on our left, we were all talking and visiting as the sun rose over the tops of the hills.  All at the same time we all stopped talking to look at the beautiful sight.

Another time I was driving alone on a wintery day.  It was January 1.  As I came up out of the valley by Spangle, the early morning sun just flashed before my eyes.  I realized that a cut in the hills south east of me had allowed the sun to flash through for a brief moment.  I was always curious about that cut in the hills, and wanted to drive down and find it, but I never found the time.

On a different wintery day, on another trip to Pullman, as I passed through the Spokane area on my way south, I noticed small patches of green and red in the snow, on and beside the highway.  I realized that it was anti-freeze from radiators that had been damaged in traffic accidents.

After I passed downtown Spokane there were no more colorful green and red patches.  After I passed Rosalia, there was no more pavement to be seen because the snow was packing as it fell.  After a short time I would notice a black patch on the white road.  That meant that some of the packed snow had kicked loose to reveal the black pavement.  Using the intermittent black patches, I was able to navigate my way to the job site in Pullman.

I worked all day on the college campus at Pullman.  All day long I wondered how I would make it home.  When it was time to go, I called my wife and told her that if I wasn’t home in 2 hours to come looking for me.  She knew what route I would be taking.

As I pulled up to the highway the night was lit by a full moon, … and the road was perfectly clear.  Apparently either the road crews or the wind had completely cleared the highway.  It was one of the easiest drives I ever made.  I think I met no more than 5 cars on the road on that trip home.